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Julie Jansen

Assertive Communication

I have been traveling quite a bit in April giving workshops in California, Connecticut, and Illinois. Generally my audiences are made up of both men and women, however this month everyone I presented to was female. Women of all ages are wary of being perceived as too aggressive, and therefore may compensate by communicating in a passive way, even if they feel strongly about something. Assertiveness is a core leadership trait that can be defined as standing up for your opinions, ideas, beliefs and needs while respecting those of others. This includes self-promotion, something women in particular tend to be […]

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Building Confidence Step-by-Step

Last week I had the rewarding opportunity of speaking to 150 high school girls for a program called “Innovate Her – a Girls’ Movement Rally,” an Empowered Girls Rise (www.empoweredgirlsrise.com) event. My keynote was on how to develop self-awareness, confidence, active listening skills, and other qualities. The reaction from the audience was positive, and it was clear that the topic of building confidence especially resonated with these young women. I’ve always seen confidence as the ability to believe in yourself and your choices; to take pleasure in your relationships, and pride in your accomplishments; and to view yourself and your […]

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The History of Labor Day

Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers make to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. President Grover Cleveland signed the bill making Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day is also considered to be the unofficial end of the summer season, and Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of many fall sports. As a kid, I remember hearing that Labor Day was considered the last day that it was acceptable to wear the color white. I sure am glad this has changed! Work is important for many reasons besides the need […]

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It’s about time

Are you managing time, or is it managing you? Today’s high pressured 24/7  world of email, phone messages, social media, and office intranets have people more irritable and anxious than ever before. Ironically, employees have become slaves to the technology that is supposed to keep them connected and make their lives easier, and the price is more physical and emotional stress, reduced work quality and productivity, and burnout. No work/life balance Many of the people I coach complain about how being constantly “on” cuts into their personal lives, family time, fun, and health. They feel pressured to keep checking their […]

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Managing Up is Just About Effective Communication

Even though everyone puts his or her pants on the same way – typically one leg at a time – someone with authority can be intimidating, and junior employees may not be comfortable approaching leaders to discuss projects, ask questions or, heaven forbid, make small talk. How many times have you heard someone say, “Oh, I don’t want a face-to-face with so and so because I’m afraid of sounding stupid?” Or have you had your own second thoughts and hesitated to discuss the status of something, or provide feedback because the person you needed to connect with seemed too busy, […]

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Managers, know thyself

Most people who complain about their jobs often are complaining about their manager. “My boss makes me so nervous: he questions everything, treats people like they’re incompetent, is really negative, and never listens to what I’m saying.” Sound familiar? It is to me – it’s a common lament, and though often followed by guilt over he or she “being a nice person,” these employees, who typically are hungry for attention, feedback, and responsibility, instead put their creative energy into a job search. If you’re a manager, you’re also a role model. You may not realize how you set the tone […]

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